Northeast United are ninth in the 11-team points table with just two wins from eight matches. They lost their previous match against ATK Mohun Bagan but showed fighting spirit.
Two days after Christmas and as the New Year is fast approaching, Khalid Jamil’s boys will be eager to present a ‘festive’ show for their fans with a win over Mumbai City FC.
The islanders are feeling the shock of a 0-3 defeat against Kerala Blasters FC and will be noble to get back on track against Northeast United, who are inconsistent and out of balance.
So far, the shining light of the Highlanders has been VP Suher who has become the all time leading Indian scorer of Northeast United by scoring a goal against ATK Mohun Bagan. He has scored six goals for the Highlanders, surpassing the Seminole Dongle (5).
Suhair has really thrived under Jamil’s leadership, and this shows a significant improvement in his goal-scoring rate shot quantity and the rate at which he is creating opportunities.
“They are a good team. We must stay positive. We can beat them and we need to have faith. We want it as a team and as a unit, “said Jamil.
Mumbai want to believe that the defeat against Kerala was just a blip in their good form. With 15 points from seven matches, the Des Buckingham-coached team will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the tree.
Nine different Mumbai players have contributed a goal or assisted this season. They have five players with three or more goal contributions.
Neither team has more players with three or more contributions this season. Igor Angulo has scored five goals while Ahmed Jahoh has five assists.
Apart from these two, Bipin Singh, Yegor Ketatau and Casio Gabriel have three goal contributions each, underlining the collective effort in the third attack.
Even in Mumbai, goals come from all over the pitch and from all forms. He has nine goals per set piece, the most by any team this season. His eight open play goals are only better by ATK Mohun Bagan (11) and Kerala Blasters (10).
“Every team in this league is capable of beating anyone. We’ve seen it happen not only in our games but in the world as a whole. Our job is to prepare and make sure we work hard, “said Buckingham.
Defending champions Mumbai City and Northeast United have played each other 14 times. The Highlanders have five wins while the Islanders have seven wins. Mumbai have won more matches against Northeast United than any other opposition.